Two modern patrol boats were handed over to the Departments of Public Security of the northern port city of Hai Phong and neighbouring Quang Ninh province on March 11.

The boats, presented by the Ministry of Public Security’s Police General Department, are the most modern vehicles available to waterway traffic police forces at present.

Each vessel, 20.8 metres long and 4.76 metres wide, has deadweight of 4.74 tonnes and engine power of 1,300 horsepower. It has a 20-person capacity.

Colonel Nguyen Ngoc Tuan, Deputy Director of the Road and Railway Traffic Police Department, said equipping the force with modern patrol boats is an urgent priority amid the complicated development of waterway crimes, especially illegal natural resource exploitation.

About 70 percent of the shipbuilding costs were sourced from transport service fees paid by transport vehicle owners, he said.

More coastal provinces and cities will be provided with similar patrol boats in the time ahead, he noted, adding that a third boat will be given to police in central Quang Ngai province.-VNA